Originally posted on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 6/30/13
Remember these halcyon days Wild fans?  This is of course a picture of the first 3 selections of the 2000 NHL Entry draft which was the first one the Wild ever participated in.  So there you see the top 3 picks; 1st Overall Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, 2nd Overall Dany Heatley of the Atlanta Thrashers, and of course the 3rd Overall pick Marian Gaborik to the Wild.  I remember watching that draft in the basement of my ex-fiance's house that afternoon.  Admittedly I didn't know much about the players in that draft, and all I had really heard about Gaborik was that he had blazing speed and had a sniper's shot.  That seemed more than exciting enough for me, especially as I thought about watching the team in its inaugural season later that fall.  Gaborik's gone, and Heatley is here (for now), and Rick DiPietro is still on the Islanders payroll but the draft is always exciting to me.  It an ever important part of any organization to draft well to have the talent it needs to wi...
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